The Renaissance is a lie.
The oft-repeated tale that the Dark Ages were suddenly and abruptly ended by the dissemination of printed works and increased independence is, like all Progressive dogma, hogwash.
In reality, the age saw a rise in superstition, symbology, and esoteric thinking. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
18th century, perhaps, suffered a different fate. While advances in rational thinking certainly did occur during "the Enlightenment", the notion of the period as a shining bastion of rationality was almost certainly contrived by rebel scum trying to hijack the accomplishments of far better men. Indeed, the levellers had almost nothing to do with the scientists of the era at best, and at worst, they ruthlessly persecuted them.